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While I don't have any experience with this particular smoke unit I am familiar with Lionel smoke units in general. There are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First, these smoke units have very small reservoirs and you will need to watch them closely so that they don't run dry and burn up the heating elements. Increasing the voltage to them will only increase the possibility of it running dry. The other thing to be aware of is how it works. If I'm not mistaken, the paddle that sticks down in the picture you posted works the bellows if you will. In other words that paddle is worked by a arm on the drive linkage of the locomotive and blows air through the smoke unit pushing the smoke out the stack. Without the paddle working you will see very little smoke if any. Hope this helps.

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